Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
I haven’t run since Wednesday’s 3-miler.
The exciting news is that my hip is really starting to feel a lot looser!! I can go long periods of time without thinking about it or feeling it. The doctor said there is nothing really wrong with it; I’ve just got a bad case of tightness.
If I’m being really honest with myself, I think at the beginning of all this stuff with the hip I was relieved to be taking a break from running and racing. I had been trying to psych myself up about a 5K season but my heart was never really in that. The confusing part was that my heart also wasn’t really into long runs either.
I would say the last long run I really enjoyed was the Miami Half Marathon which took place way back in January.
Being forced to take a break from running these last few weeks gave me time to reset physically and mentally.
Now I am ready to run again. So ready.
When I find myself sitting idle for a period of time I’m thinking about running. I’m planning new long run routes in my head. I’m remembering the feelings of accomplishment, pride and satisfaction that go hand-in-hand with a good long run. I’m missing the soreness that comes after a good running workout. I’m missing the breathless feeling that speedwork leaves me with.
It’s time for me to get back into the game.
Absence has made my heart grow fonder for running!
Have you ever wanted to or been glad to take a break from running? I felt confused and guilty about enjoying the break at first, but it has left me re-energized and highly motivated to achieve some big goals this year!